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Semarang Zoo in Central Java has reopened its gates to the public after being closed for several months due to COVID-19 restrictions.Semarang Mayor Hendrar Prihadi inaugurated the zoo’s reopening on Wednesday as part of an effort to revitalize local tourism. Amid the excitement, Hendrar called on the sector’s stakeholders to implement strict health protocols and limit the number of visitors.“Once again, I shall stress that the activities […] must be done in compliance with [President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s] procedures,” he said during his visit to Semarang Zoo as quoted by tribunnews.com.Read also: Indonesian zoos to implement ‘new normal’ protocolsTo mark the significance of the occasion, Hendrar named a couple of newborn tigers Covi and Vivid, in reference to the COVID-19 pandemic, during which the animals were born.“This serves as a reminder that two tigers were born at Semarang Zoo amid the pandemic. Let us pray that they will grow up to become big and healthy tigers,” he said.With the arrival of the 3-month-old cubs, Semarang Zoo is now home to a total of 286 animals of 68 different species.As of Wednesday afternoon, Central Java had recorded 6,346 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 543 deaths linked to the disease. (rfa)Topics :
Edin Dzeko hopeful Arsenal loanee Henrikh Mkhitaryan will stay at Roma for a ‘long time’ Henrikh Mkhitaryan enjoyed a goalscoring start to his career at Roma on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Edin Dzeko is hopeful that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will stay with Roma beyond the end of the season following the Arsenal loanee’s impressive start at the club.The 30-year-old Armenia international signed for the Serie A side on a season-long loan following an underwhelming 18-month stint in north London.Mkhitaryan enjoyed the perfect start to his Roma career, scoring 22 minutes into his debut against Sassuolo on Sunday as his team romped to a 4-2 win.And Dzeko, who joined Roma from Manchester City in 2015, has been impressed with what he has seen by Mkhitaryan having also played against him for Bosnia last week.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 17 Sep 2019 5:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link737Shares Advertisement Mkhitaryan’s final appearance for Arsenal came in the north London derby against Spurs earlier this month (Picture: Getty)Speaking about Mkhitaryan’s debut, Dzeko said: ‘I expect it from him. I know him as a great player, and he is a very good addition to our attacking team who wants to play football.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I am one hundred per cent sure he is going to be a big help for us. I was definitely happy to see this transfer happen.‘After we played for our national teams and he scored two goals against us I told him ‘my friend, next games you have to score for Roma as well!‘He’s a great pro. I remember him also from Borussia Dortmund times and he will be a big player for us. Hopefully, he can stay a long time here.‘He will see that we are playing football here and immediately he scored a goal so hopefully, he can have more goals and a lot of assists for us.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMkhitaryan made an equally good first impression at Arsenal following his switch from Manchester United, providing three assists in a 5-1 victory over Everton in his first appearance.However, he struggled to maintain that early promise and was deemed surplus to requirements by Unai Emery following the club-record purchase of Nicolas Pepe from Lille.Last week, Mkhitaryan admitted he struggled during his time in the Premier League, saying: ‘I have to enjoy playing football, no matter the place. In England, I no longer felt happy.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment
Robert Baylor, the president of Baylor Trucking in Milan is a recent recipient of a prestigious industry award.He received the Indiana Motor Truck Associations 2013 Founders Award. The award recognizes those that distinguish themselves in the industry by their actions.“What means so much, it isn’t an annual award. It is just given on occasions when people recognize your accomplishments,” indicated the Baylor Trucking president.The award was presented by Phil Byrd, the chairman of the American Trucking Association.“It was very special to have [him] come to our convention and present the award to us,” said Robert Baylor.Four generations of the Baylor family have been active in the business. It started with Roberts father, Chester Baylor, in 1946 with just one truck. Robert began in 1974 and has witnessed the company grow to its present day fleet of approximately 300 trucks. Headquartered in Milan, the trucking company also has a terminal location in Tennessee.The industry continues to evolve through technology and a drastic change in the workforce, according to the president of Baylor.
Cincinnati’s defense kept the browns from scoring Sunday. (Image: Cincinnati Bengals)CLEVELAND – Johnny Football was no match in his starting debut against Cincinnati as the Bengals cruised to 30-0 win.Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel struggled in his highly anticipated NFL starting debut as he tossed for 80 yards and threw two interceptions.Cincinnati’s defense held the Browns to 107 yards total Sunday. The Bengals thrived on the ground as running back Jeremy Hill rushed for 148 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Running back Rex Burkhead put the put the nail in the coffin with a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.Last month, the Browns rolled over the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium 24-3 on November 6.Cincinnati’s record improves to 9-4-1 and will host the 10-3 Denver Broncos next Sunday in the final home game of the regular season.
STEPHENVILLE, Texas – The Spring Fling originally planned for this weekend at 281 Speedway has been rescheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26. Inclement weather, wet track conditions and a wet and windy forecast prompted the change of dates.IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts will race both days at Stephenville. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. On Sunday, gates open at 1 p.m., the grandstand opens and hot laps start at 3 p.m. and racing is at 4 p.m.All applicable IMCA points will be awarded. There is no registration fee and pit passes are $30. Spectator admission is $10 for adults, $3 for kids ages 6-12 and free for youngsters five and under. More information is available at the www.281speedway.com website and on Facebook.The Spring Fling is sponsored by Sawblade.com of Houston.
Patricia B. Edwards, age 96, of Brookville, Indiana died Saturday night April 11, 2020 at Shawneespring Healthcare in Harrison, Ohio.Born March 17, 1924 in Columbus, Ohio she was one of ten children born to the late Frank Emerson & Mary (Hart) Slane. On September 28, 1943 she was united in marriage to Frank H. Edwards, and he preceded her in death on January 16, 2008.Survivors include two sons, Frank E. (Hazel) Edwards of Sunbury, Ohio and Tim Edwards of Brookville, Indiana; one grandchild, three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Mitchell of Colorado.In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, David Paul Edwards, a grandson Skylar Edwards, as well as eight brothers and sisters.There will be no public services. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to Queen City Hospice https://www.queencityhospice.com/donate/ .The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to serve the Edwards family, everyone is encouraged to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences to the family via www.phillipsandmeyers.com .
Undergraduate Student Government’s weekly senate meeting Tuesday night featured an extensive presentation from the Wellness Affairs Committee, an announcement of the 2013-2014 Elections Commission, senatorial announcements and a brief presentation from the Queer and Ally Student Assembly.Wellness Affairs Director A.J. Pinto said his committee is reaching out to students who are California-certified emergency medical technicians. The committee wants to establish an on-campus organization that pays these students to provide emergency services to fellow USC students.“There are student EMT services at other school’s campuses … We’re looking for a way to create and fund an organization for student EMTs,” Pinto said.Pinto hopes the program would, among other responsibilities, establish a student-run ambulance service that could carry out emergency medical transports.Given the frequency emergencies related to alcohol at USC this fall, Wellness Affairs is working to change a policy that can incriminate a student for underage drinking if they call for a fellow student to be transported.“We’re talking about getting amnesty for students who call their friends in for transports, so they’re not held accountable for underage drinking themselves,” Pinto said.Wellness Affairs is also still working to change USC’s smoking policy based on last year’s resolution to make campus smoke-free. Graduate Student Government representatives said they were concerned that international students would not support a smoke-free campus, a claim that Pinto says is unfounded.“There is a higher proportion of international students that smoke compared to any other demographic, yet only 6.6 percent of them are smokers,” he said.Another ongoing issue for Wellness Affairs is recreational space. Though the University Village development promises an increase in recreational space for students, Pinto said that recreational organizations are still underfunded.“Space is a huge issue and money is a huge issue. While space has improved, funding hasn’t improved at all. We need to figure out how to get money for the rest of our activities,” Pinto said. “Right now, funding is an unnecessarily complicated system.”After the Wellness Affairs’ presentation, Assistant Director of Elections and Recruitment Kelsey Hyatt announced the 16 new members of USG’s 2013-2014 Elections Commission.“The elections commission is in charge of overseeing any violations of the elections code, and this is very important this year because of our new election code,” USG Vice President Ryan Park said.The changes to USG’s election code have altered the timetable for students to campaign for positions in student government.USG Senator Matthew Prusak announced a USG resolution to ban on-campus solicitation.“Solicitors should not be on campus asking students for money or soliciting donations. If you see these individuals on campus, call DPS and they’ll take care of it,” Prusak said.The resolution came as the result of an online survey that polled students’ opinions regarding on-campus solicitation.Executive Director of the Queer and Ally Student Assembly Rebecca Grumet also gave a short presentation in which she announced an upcoming dodgeball tournament sponsored by QuASA.“It’s a great way to bridge queer life and athletics, and it’s something that’s never been done before,” Grumet said. Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojan
The defense argued that the government’s failure to submit proof that Singer’s claims were false suggests the allegations of coercion are true. “When Singer told the Government that he had informed Defendants that the payments were donations, not bribes, he was telling the Government that he had informed them that the payments were legitimate,” the reply read. According to a memorandum filed Friday by Nathaniel Gorton, one of the federal judges overseeing the case, the government responded to Singer’s allegations of eliciting false testimony by stating that the claims did not merit an investigation. “If the Government had any evidence to support its denials, it presumably would have filed it with its brief (as Defendants did),” the reply read. “Its utter failure to introduce anything from any of the relevant participants (all of whom are under Government control) speaks volumes.” “The Government now admits that ‘most of the defendants understood their money to be going to designated programs,’” the reply read. “But if Singer’s allegations are true, then (1) the calls have no evidentiary value, and (2) the Government engaged in the worst kind of official misconduct imaginable: fabricating evidence to secure a wrongful conviction.” In the reply, the defense argued that recordings of phone calls between scheme organizer William “Rick” Singer and the parents could not be used as evidence in the case, as Singer testified that prosecutors had told him to extract false statements from the parents on the calls. The reply also cited an email from Singer to one of the parents claiming the side door method was an acceptable and recognized way to gain admission to a university. According to the defense, the government knew before Singer’s wiretapped calls with the parents that Singer had told them their payments were legitimate donations rather than bribes but told Singer to lie about the misrepresentation. Parents in the college admissions scandal submitted a reply in court Friday asking that the case or evidentiary phone call recordings be thrown out in light of the prosecution’s alleged misconduct. The parents in the Operation Varsity Blues case continue to argue that their case should be dismissed after evidence surfaced insinuating that federal prosecutors instructed scandal mastermind William “Rick” Singer to bear false testimony about the bribes. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) Fourteen parents, including 11 with USC connections, have opted to plead not guilty and fight charges in the Operation Varsity Blues case. They will stand trial in Boston federal court in two groups beginning Oct. 5. “The Court considers the allegations … to be serious and disturbing,” the memorandum read. “While government agents are permitted to coach cooperating witnesses during the course of an investigation, they are not permitted to suborn the commission of a crime.”
On a sunny Friday afternoon, when many students sleep in until 2 p.m., a few Trojans choose to trek to El Segundo, Calif., and shut themselves in a frigid ice rink.Expression · Freshman Michelle Hanabusa joined the USC Figure Skating Club after training in showcase skating, which focuses on artistry. – Candice Harbour | Daily Trojan Founded by senior Lesley Wasserman and sophomore Jessica Houston in spring 2009, members of the USC Figure Skating Club spend their practice session polishing jumps and spins. It shares the rink with a few scattered younger skaters and coaches at the Toyota Sports Center, the same rink where the L.A. Kings hockey team and Olympic figure skater Evan Lysacek train.They even have an unofficial coach — Tiffany Chin, the first Asian-American national champion and the woman Houston calls her second mother.Houston, who is studying international relations (global business), hopes to expand the club into a team that competes with other collegiate skating clubs. Schools like UCLA have well-established teams that travel.“We have six to eight members who are committed, but because skating is so hard — we have no rink on campus — and because we’re so new, we have a lot of floater members,” Houston said of the club.In an effort to raise funds for future competition expenses, uniforms and coaching fees, the team holds ice skating fundraisers where USC students can skate for fun.“Skating is very expensive,” Houston said.A Boston native, Houston competed nationally and internationally in Slovenia, Poland and France until the end of her freshman year at USC. She no longer skates the three hours a day, six days a week she did in high school, but wants to keep skating a part of her future. She even teaches skating lessons at an ice rink in Pasadena, Calif.“When I first got into USC, I was trying to defer to pursue skating,” she said. “I never had the time to really just skate before. But the opportunity to go to USC was just too great.”She doesn’t plan to go back into competition after school.“I don’t think that’s possible. Skating demands so much … and is so demanding on your body,” she said.Fellow club member Michelle Hanabusa, a freshman studying fine arts with an emphasis in design, also came to college with skating on her mind. A showcase skater hailing from Palos Verdes, Calif., Hanabusa took part in events that emphasized artistry over technical moves, such as jumps, and she came back to skating a year after hip surgery.“I don’t miss the competition, I just miss the whole performance aspect of doing programs,” she said with a reluctant smile. “I would like just to have little competitions with other schools. It would be fun.”The tiny, bubbly freshman also teaches at an ice rink in Torrance, Calif.The two might claim to be out of shape, but on the ice, they still glide with grace and power.Houston still zooms across the ice and whips out salchow after salchow, jumping like a pretty spring, her neat bun bobbing up and down as she jumps and lands while the rink streams pop radio over the P.A. system.Hanabusa spends her session working on layback spins; where she arches and kicks up her foot in an arabesque, spinning like a dancer in a music box. Her signature trick, however, is her spiral, a sweeping move where she glides on one foot while her working leg is raised far above hip level in an elegant line.They’re also joined by Justin Tse, a junior majoring in business administration. Although he stopped skating in high school because he did not have enough time to train, he joined the club to get back into it.“I was browsing through the clubs list,” Tse said of his decision to join at the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year. He now keeps company with the athletes he grew up watching and admiring — artists such as Michelle Kwan and Kristi Yamaguchi.And although it’s been years since he was in full practice, he goes out and practices his favorite move: a sit spin. He plans on returning to the sport at his home rink in San Francisco in the summer.Houston continued practice by flying into spins. Across the rink, Hanabusa works on her Y-spiral, holding her leg to the sky as she glides backwards in a long curve across the ice, all while Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” blasts on the speakers.The three weave in and out of each other’s paths; making the soft swish of blades against ice, their shirts rippling as they streamed past one another.They have viewers, too. Hanabusa’s mother, Shinko, watches from the sidelines with camcorder in tow.She still feels pride for her daughter.“She still challenges herself,” Shinko Hanabusa said of Michelle Hanabusa. “She just has a positive mind about skating. She has a happy face … a spirit. [Skating] is her way of expression,” she said, beaming with pride.It is the club’s hope that Hanabasu’s competitive personality will get a chance to show off their love for flips, split jumps and sit spins to other skating clubs — all while sharing their art with the USC community.